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      Japanese Rock
      The Pillows were formed on September 16, 1989 by Sawao Yamanaka, Yoshiaki Manabe, Kenji Ueda and Shinichiro Sato in Hokkaidō. Bassist Kenji Ueda would leave three years later and was never officially replaced. Following Ueda's departure, the band recruited Tatsuya Kashima as the replacement on... read more
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      The Pillows were formed on September 16, 1989 by Sawao Yamanaka, Yoshiaki Manabe, Kenji Ueda and Shinichiro Sato in Hokkaidō. Bassist Kenji Ueda would leave three years later and was never officially replaced.

      Following Ueda's departure, the band recruited Tatsuya Kashima as the replacement on bass, but out of respect for Ueda, was only labeled as a guest musician on releases he performed on. He would stay in the band through 1999 and the release of Runners High, being replaced by Jun Suzuki who is still with the band today.

      In 1999, The Pillows were approached by Gainax, an anime studio. Gainax licensed The Pillows' three previous albums for the soundtrack of their then latest anime FLCL. The Pillows also composed two new songs for the show, the singles "Ride on Shooting Star" and "I Think I Can".

      In March 2005, The Pillows played their first show in the United States at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, followed by concerts in New York City and San Francisco. In the following year, The Pillows returned to North America during their tour in support of the album My Foot, with several more dates in the U.S. and a show in Mexico City.

      The group's latest album Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up! was published on May 2, 2007, their first on the Avex Trax label. A new single, Ladybird Girl, was released on August 15, 2007, and is being used in the Japanese version of the hit children's show Ben 10 as its theme song.

      They returned to the US in 2008 starting with Los Angeles, followed by another appearance at SXSW, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City. They were one of the main attractions at Anime Boston 2008, playing at the Hynes Convention Center on March 22, just a day after their show in New York.

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